Udaipur, the Land of the Kings is a heartthrob for travelers with a taste for traditional and antique stuff. Shopping is one of the best things to do during a Rajasthan trip. Tourists across the globe are getting gaga over these charming markets with legendary past. Right from stunning pottery to vibrant textiles, multi-colored jootis to vibrant paintings, Rajasthan markets has everything for everyone. If you are planning a trip to Rajasthan and want to get a glimpse of the best markets, then continue to read on to know more about these places. This list will help you to decide the top picks and from where you can get it. For home décor this place is a paradise, you can choose from the fine marble floorings, paintings in semi-precious stones, antique wooden furniture, jharokhas, lovely statues, waterfalls, and vibrant colored furnishings. The hand-printed linen of Rajasthan is extremely popular all over. And the icing on the cake is the ethnic charm and exquisite workmanship.
Located near Ghanta Ghar and Jagadish Chowk, this bazaar features several little shops offering excellent handicrafts, besides a range of designer jewelry including meenakari, Kundan and polka works. There are some other shops, from where you can purchase antique silver gems and other decorated souvenirs at quite affordable prices. Another interesting thing that you can buy at this market is the traditional Rajasthani turbans, replete with beautiful embroidery. Just like other markets in the city, eating options at this place is fantastic and you can savor several local delicacies here. Most cities in Rajasthan have a central clock tower with a market surrounding it from all sides, and Udaipur is no less. Antique jewelry in silver, Kundan, gold, etc are found here in tiny stall-like shops. Idols of various Gods and Goddesses are the most sold item from here. You might find just about everything here only if you are willing to spend hours looking.
The area around the Udaipur Clock Tower, or Ghanta Ghar as it is popularly known, is brimming with small shops selling beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs to locals and tourists. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a walkable distance from Jagdish Chowk and is a charming place to explore for shopaholics and foodies, since there also many small scale vendors selling street food and ice-cream around the place. Everything from antique silver jewelry to eye-catching ornaments made out of semi-precious stones can be bought here at relatively lower prices than other places, all with a unique touch of Rajasthan’s rich and royal culture!
Rajasthan Fabrics & Arts
This is, by far, the most exquisite shop for vintage and antique textiles, and I spent three hours here talking with the/ owner! I saw pieces that I had never seen before, like those displaying antique leheriya—a style of tie-dyeing specific to Rajasthan that is used for turbans. I was told that some of those particular items were so unique that even Indian textile experts couldn’t figure out how they were made. I also purchased some very old shibori, and was drawn to the vintage block-printed Indian skirts—some block printed in real silver!—and the 18th-century printed indienne fabrics.
Bada Bazar is a one-stop destination for gold jewelry, clothing materials, silver, and copperware. You name it and they have it. Some of the shops also sell precious gemstones, antique items, and leather goods. There are modern showrooms as well as street shops and the prices are also reasonable. Do not worry about the Rajasthan heat, there are several roadside stalls selling buttermilk, fruit juices and snacks that will refresh you instantly. Go munching and keep shopping. The best traditional gold jewelry, silverware, copperware, and clothing materials can be found here. You just name anything and it’s here. There are several shops here selling precious stones, antique items, and so on. You might have to go to a few shops before you find your desired item but it is going to be worth it. Don’t worry about the heat though, many street-side shops are selling fresh fruit juices, buttermilk (lassi), and other fried items as well. Munch on the go!
Established in 1978, Mayur Arts is a treasure trove of antiques—and silver, wood, stone, and brass artifacts—which have been carefully curated by owner Hemant Periwal. Of particular note is his collection of Mughal miniature paintings and pichhwais (intricate Rajasthani paintings) collected over some time from several royal heirlooms across India.
Bapu Bazaar is Udaipur in a nutshell! You can find everything you want in this vivacious market. From antiques to electronics, and clothes to books, there’s pretty much everything in this lane. Bapu Bazaar even has some famous street food shops where you can soothe your taste buds while you absorb the surreal sight of life in Udaipur.